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Foundation Subjects

There are seven Foundation Subjects:

  • Design Technology
  • History  & Geography 
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • MFL (Modern Foreign Language)

Our approach to these subjects is outlined below:

Design Technology 

Design Technology is met within a cross-curricular approach in which we aim to develop the children’s skills as they progress.

Design Technology involves the investigation of a need and the skills of planning, making and evaluating to realise it practically. DT is taught using a wide range of media, e.g. clay, textiles, wood, paper and construction materials.

Humanities (History & Geography)


History is taught through a topic approach. Each year group focuses on different aspects throughout the year. We aim to develop the children’s historical understanding through the use of artefacts and secondary sources in order to foster research skills and an empathy with the past.


Geography is taught through a cross-curricular approach, or as a separate subject where appropriate.

We endeavor to match geography with other related subjects such as Science to ensure a depth of experience without unnecessary duplication.

We cover the Geography National Curriculum through a series of projects looking at both the local environment and the wider world. Children also have the opportunity to develop their studies further afield during residential field trips in Years 4 and 6.

Map work skills are developed throughout the school. Many aspects introduced in Key Stage One are revisited and further developed in Key Stage Two.


P.E is an integral part of the school curriculum. We aim to provide an enjoyable and balanced programme by following the Real PE scheme of work from Create Development. Alongside this children will also develop their skills and understanding of competitive team games (e.g. Netball and Athletics) as well as Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Dance and Gymnastics. Within PE lessons children are provided with the opportunity to develop their ‘Multi-Abilities’ which are, cognitive, health and fitness, personal, social, physical and creative skills. Within in the physical ‘Multi-Abilities’ our main focus is improving agility, balance and coordination. The development of confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of one’s own and others’ strengths and weaknesses are an essential part of our teaching. The school is fortunate to have a multi-purpose hall and a hard playing surface. 
Children in both Key Stages have the opportunity to swim, with weekly sessions at the pool in Blackshots Leisure Complex for a term throughout the year.

Art and Design 

At St Mary's the children are given the opportunity to explore a variety of media working both two and three dimensions. Our aims throughout the school are the ongoing development of visual literacy, and to foster an appreciation of artistic traditions and ethnic heritages.

Children are encouraged to observe and appreciate the work of a variety of artists.


Music is usually taught as a class activity, by specialist music teachers. Our aim is to enable children to enjoy music through the development of listening skills and musical appreciation. Children are encouraged to compose and perform both vocal and instrumental pieces are introduced to a wide variety of styles. Choirs participate at local and London venues during the year and religious and  school productions


French is our chosen foreign language and is usually taught as a class acitivity. Our aim is to enable children to become more fluent in speaking another language.  Children are encouraged to response to daily registers in French.